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The Day

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Director: Douglas Aarniokoski

Cast: Shawn Ashmore, Ashley Bell, Cory C. Hardrict


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A small band of friends make an uneasy alliance with a mysterious lone wolf in this blend of horror and adventure. An unnamed catastrophe has turned the Earth into a wasteland, and as packs of feral cannibals wander the countryside, a dwindling number of survivors struggle to stay alive. Rick (Dominic Monaghan), Adam (


A small band of friends make an uneasy alliance with a mysterious lone wolf in this blend of horror and adventure. An unnamed catastrophe has turned the Earth into a wasteland, and as packs of feral cannibals wander the countryside, a dwindling number of survivors struggle to stay alive. Rick (Dominic Monaghan), Adam (Shawn Ashmore), Henson (Cory Hardrict), and Shannon (Shannyn Sossamon) have been journeying together for months and are the last living members of a much larger group. Mary (Ashley Bell) is a solitary woman who crossed paths with the survivors and is now traveling with them. She isn't interested in discussing her past or becoming friends, but the others learn she's a powerful ally in a fight. The travelers take shelter in a house, but are soon surrounded by cannibals; they quickly realize just how strong a warrior Mary can be, while also discovering the terrible truth that led her to wander alone. The Day was directed by Douglas Aarniokoski, who has accumulated extensive credits as an assistant director and helming second-unit material on major films.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Constructed from a patchwork of postapocalyptic clichés, populated by two-dimensional characters who speak in laughably hyperbolic dialogue, and driven by a wafer-thin plot that literally goes nowhere, The Day has all the makings of a complete disaster. But heavy atmosphere, a stoic performance by The Last Exorcism's Ashley Bell, and some thoughtful reflection on what it really means to be stripped of humanity save Douglas Aarniokoski's bleak I Am Legend clone from being cannibalized by its own pronounced shortcomings. Ten years after society collapsed following an unspecified catastrophe, survivors Rick (Dominic Monaghan), Adam (Shawn Ashmore), Henson (Cory Hardrict), Shannon (Shannyn Sossamon), and Mary (Ashley Bell) wander aimlessly across the scorched earth, seeking sustenance and shelter from the roving bands of cannibals who consume the living. The travelers happen across a lonely farmhouse that appears to be the perfect place to regroup and allow the ailing Henson to rest before they resume their endless journey. But just when they think they've found an oasis of hope in a world gone to hell, a sudden alarm cuts through the eerie silence, signaling a fresh meal to the ruthless flesh eaters who have sacrificed their humanity in the name of survival. As danger approaches, the terrified survivors learn that lone wolf Mary isn't what she appears to be. A fierce warrior with a bitter grudge against the savages that are surrounding the house, she's their only hope for survival as the siege begins. Now, over the course of one grueling night, Adam and the rest of the gang realize they must put their trust in an apocryphal ally in order to plant the seeds of a new society in the ashes of the old one. Almost everything about The Day -- the simple title, the opening shots of the exhausted survivors shuffling along a lonely country road, the growing tension as the group arrive at the farmhouse and search for signs of life, the villainous cannibals, the mysterious disaster that brought about the downfall of civilization -- evokes vivid memories of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. But whereas McCarthy's approach to the apocalypse was more poetic in tone, Aarniokoski and screenwriter Luke Passmore opt for a B-movie approach that favors tension over meditation. And although Passmore's dialogue is laughably melodramatic at times, the conflict he sets up between the survivors and Mary is strong enough to support the screenplay's humble ambitions, and the actors are committed enough to ensure that the illusion is largely maintained. Likewise, Passmore's decision to make three of the characters former classmates proves an effective method of not only detailing just how much they've changed in the ten years since the world as they knew it ended, but also in setting them apart from the intruder whose true intentions remain shrouded in mystery. Curiously, it's that same character who proves The Day's biggest asset when we see Mary's cool façade brutally torn away, and Bell makes her struggle to maintain her compassion really resonate. But that doesn't change the fact that Aarniokoski and Passmore offer nothing new in a subgenre that's seen nearly every grim scenario imaginable played out on the screen, and the desaturated, nearly monochromatic cinematography only serves to reinforce just how uninspired the whole endeavor feels. Occasional bursts of bloody, brutal action certainly help to hide the highly derivative nature of The Day, though the largely ambient score by Rock Mafia does little to get the blood pumping. By the climax, when the filmmakers resort to a scare tactic better suited to Internet shock videos than feature movies, it appears the creative well has finally run dry. Thankfully, they manage to pull it together for a gruesome coda that raises some fascinating questions about mankind's ultimate fate, and helps to offset the frustration of knowing we've been down this road before.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Audio Commentary with Executive Producer/Director Doug Aarniokoski, Producer Guy Danella and Writer Luke Passmore; Trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shawn Ashmore Adam
Ashley Bell Mary
Cory C. Hardrict Henson
Dominic Monaghan Rick
Shannyn Sossamon Shannon
Michael Eklund Father
Brianna Barnes Nikki
Brayden Edwards Timmy
Steffi Hagel Sally
Shimon Moore Boss
Kassidy Verreault Ava
Robert Baldwin Survivalist
Frank Beaudoin Survivalist
Patrick Beriault Survivalist
Patrick Blais Survivalist
Alex Brown Survivalist
Andre Deveaux Survivalist
José Garcia Survivalist
Tarlee Gerhard Survivalist
Andre Givogue Survivalist
Daniel Lavigne Survivalist
Duncan Milloy Survivalist
Sean Morel Survivalist
Alain Moussi Survivalist
Myra Quinonez Survivalist
Kelly Rigole Survivalist
Cameron Tecarton Survivalist
Nigel Woleston Survivalist

Technical Credits
Douglas Aarniokoski Director,Executive Producer
Antonina Armato Executive Producer
Shawn Ashmore Co-producer
Candice Beuckx Costumes/Costume Designer
Shane Boucher Art Director
Andrew Coutts Editor
André Coutu Associate Producer
Guy A. Danella Producer
Ross M. Dinerstein Executive Producer
Beau Ferris Asst. Director
Michael Finley Executive Producer
Tim James Executive Producer
Boris Mojsovski Cinematographer
Dominic Monaghan Co-producer
Luke Passmore Screenwriter
Urban Post Sound/Sound Designer
Rock Mafia Score Composer
Lisa Soper Production Designer
Philip Norman Stall Sound Mixer
Tom Willey Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Day
1. Main Titles [4:51]
2. The House [9:47]
3. Creature Comforts [7:42]
4. "Hope & Faith, Buddy" [7:38]
5. "Hello Meat" [4:38]
6. Flesh Eating Family [14:19]
7. Invaders [7:23]
8. "Bring Me Their Heads" [9:17]
9. Sacrifices [7:02]
10. Deadly Child [2:02]
11. A Chance To Learn To Live Again [5:53]
12. End Credits [3:33]


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The Day 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the dvd to watch if you like apocalypse movies.The story depicts a group of 5 individuals who take refuge in an old house, which by the way is a trap that is monitored by a larger group of predators. The refuge group sets off a hidden alarm that alerts the predatory group. Then the action really begins. The story is intense and dramatic. I give it a deserved five stars for intensity,action and realism. A great Saturday night movie. As far as the theme of this movie- Its not an if but a when, probably in about 20 yrs.or less.